Something I’ve Noticed…

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From reading on other forums and just general google searches, it’s occured to me that as a vegan, I’m quite lucky to be living in the UK. There’s a whole array of vegan items which I can (moderatly) easily get hold of for a decent price, and people are also quite receptive of both vegetarianism and veganism, even if they don’t practice it themselves. From what I can make out, for example, many breads in the USA contain milk or egg derivatives, where-as in the UK not many do at all. Same with cheese (which I know isn’t vegan), in the USA it seems to often contain rennet, but here it seldom does. It also seems quite hard to be a veg*an in other European countries, especially where in many of them national dishes contain a lot of dairy. Even Japan, a place many would think of as being easy to be veg*an, is very very difficult, as a lot of dishes are made with a fish stock, even the vegetrian ones. And soy milk often contains dairy too.

I dunno, what are your thoughts / findings on this? Have I just misinterpreted information?

That aside, I found another use for pumpkin puree! I would never have thought to use it in the way I used it, but it’s really good! Anyone for pumpkin chili? I read about it on the internet, and decided it was something worth trying, especially as it’s vegan mofo (can you believe we’re nearly half way through already?!)

chili avec pumpkinMade in the same way as any other chili, just with the addition of a good amount of pumpkin puree 5 minutes from the end of cooking. Chili is one of my favourite foods, especially as it gets colder out. Not the mention, it’s filling, healthy and hearty.

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7 Responses to “Something I’ve Noticed…”

  1. chow vegan Says:

    It does seem like the UK has a lot of vegan stuff. I’m not so sure about other countries, but I’ve read on different blogs that there’s places, you just have to hunt for them.

    Good idea on the pumpkin puree, the chili looks awesome! 🙂

  2. naomi rose Says:

    oh you little monkey, where are you finding pumpkin puree?! I’m in London and I’ve been searching high and low!

  3. naomi rose Says:

    oh! great job! I’m just too lazy 🙂

  4. Carlota Says:

    Yeah, I guess is way easier than in Brazil, where nobody knows what a vegan is..and people think that vegetarians eat fish and EVERYTHING has dairy or eggs. But with a little effort (and some money), people can be a vegan in everywhere..We don`t have vegan cheeses here..what I would love..but we already have more things now than 2 years a go.

  5. lola Says:

    that looks really good. i love chili and pumpkin, so together they would be even better.

  6. veganf Says:

    No problems finding vegan bread in the US at all. The only things to watch out for that I’ve seem in some are honey and L-cysteine.
    There are also lots of packaged products labeled “V” for vegan on them here, though I prefer to buy mostly whole foods and cook from scratch, so it’s seldom an issue.

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